How to Browse the Internet with Safari with OS X Mavericks - dummies

How to Browse the Internet with Safari with OS X Mavericks

By Bob LeVitus

With your Internet connection set up on your OS X Mavericks machine, you’re ready to browse the web. Let’s focus on browsing the web with Safari because it’s the web browser installed with OS X Mavericks.

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If you don’t care for Safari, check out Firefox or Chrome, which are both free and have features you won’t find in Safari.

To begin, just open your web browser. No problem. As usual, there’s more than one way. You can launch Safari by any of these methods:


  • Single-clicking the Safari icon in the Dock or Launchpad (look for the big blue compass that looks like a stopwatch, as shown in the margin)

  • Double-clicking the Safari icon in your Applications folder

  • Single-clicking a URL link in an e-mail or other document

  • Double-clicking a URL link document (a .webloc file) in the Finder

When you first launch Safari, it automatically connects you to the Internet and displays the default Apple start page.


How to navigate with the toolbar buttons with OS X Mavericks

The buttons along the top of the window do pretty much what their names imply. From left to right, these buttons are


  • Back/Forward: When you open a page and move to a second page (or third or fourth), the Back button takes you to a previously visited page. Remember that you need to go back before the Forward button will work.


  • iCloud: iCloud automatically displays all the open web pages on your other devices. So click this button to see pages you’ve opened on other Macs or your iDevice.


  • Share: When you find a page of interest or a page you know you’ll want to remember, click this button (which is actually a drop-down menu) to tell Safari to remember it for you in Mavericks cool Reading List or as a Bookmark. Or send a link to it via Mail or Messagesor post it on Facebook or tweet it on Twitter.

To the right of the Share button is the Address field. This is where you type web addresses, or URLs (Uniform Resource Locators), that you want to visit. Just type one and press Return to surf to that site.

Then, on the right of the Address field, are two more buttons:


  • Reader: Reader lets you view stories and other articles in a window optimized for easy reading by stitching together articles that are continued over multiple web pages and broken up by ads, menu bars, and other items. Reader is available only for certain pages. When it’s available, the icon turns blue, as shown in the margin; otherwise, it appears grayed out and can’t be clicked.


  • Downloads: Click this button to see a list of files you’ve downloaded in the past and ones currently being downloaded.

To add other useful buttons to your toolbar, choose View→Customize Toolbar. The Customize Toolbar sheet drops down, and you can drag items into or out of the toolbar to create your own custom set of buttons. You can add, for example, (left to right) Home, AutoFill, Zoom In/Out, New Tab, and Email (a link to this page) to the toolbar.


Below the Address field is the Favorites Bar, already populated with some buttons of web pages Apple thinks you might enjoy, including Apple, Yahoo!, Google Maps, YouTube, and Wikipedia.

If you don’t see your Favorites Bar, choose View→Show Favorites Bar or press Command+Shift+B.

The News and Popular buttons are actually dropdown menus. You can tell by the little black triangles after their names.


You can delete these bookmarks and/or add your own bookmarks to the Favorites Bar.

How to Bookmark your favorite pages with OS X Mavericks

When you find a web page you want to remember and return to, you bookmark it. Here’s how it works:

  1. Choose Bookmarks→Add Bookmark, press Command+D, or click the Share button and choose Add Bookmark.

  2. Choose where to store the bookmark from the pop-up menu.


  3. Rename the bookmark or use the name provided by Safari.

  4. Click the Add button to save the bookmark.


To return to a bookmarked page, click it in the Favorites Bar, choose Bookmarks→Show Bookmarks, press Command+Option+B, or click the Show Bookmarks button (shown in margin) to see all your bookmarks in the Bookmarks window.


Open bookmarked pages by double-clicking them. View the contents of folders (such as Favorites Bar and News) by single-clicking their name in the list. In particular, the contents of the Favorites Bar folder with the contents of the News subfolder expanded.

To organize your Bookmarks window or place bookmarks on the toolbar or Bookmarks menu, move bookmarks by dragging them. You can place bookmarks and folders of bookmarks on the Safari Favorites Bar or in the Bookmarks menu by dragging them to the appropriate folder. If you drag a folder of bookmarks to the Favorites Bar folder (or directly onto the Favorites Bar itself), the result is a drop-down menu.

To delete a bookmark, right- or Control+click it and choose Delete.

Command+Click a folder in the Bookmarks window or Favorites Bar to simultaneously open all the bookmarks it contains.